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    Darrell Rideaux
    Darrell  Rideaux

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Long Beach, Calif.

    High School:
    Poly

    Height / Weight:
    5-9 / 170

    Position:
    CB

    Birthdate:
    12/27/1979

    Experience:
    3V

    2002:
    The super-quick, experienced Rideaux started at cornerback as a senior in 2002 and proved to be extremely reliable. Overall in 2002 while starting all 13 games, he had 46 tackles, including 4 for losses of 25 yards (including 2 sacks for 21 yards), plus 2 interceptions that he returned 38 yards (19.0 avg.), 7 deflections and a forced fumble. He made 2002 All-Pac-10 honorable mention and was USC's Special Teams Player of the Year. He also has sprinted for the USC track team. He had 5 tackles against Auburn, 7 stops at Kansas State, a tackle against Oregon State, 3 tackles (1 for a loss) and a deflection at Washington State, and another stop (with a deflection) against California. He had 3 tackles and 2 deflections against Washington, 5 tackles (including 1.5 sacks) and an interception (he returned it 8 yards) at Oregon, 7 tackles (0.5 sacks) and forced a fumble at Stanford, a team-best 6 tackles against Arizona State (including 1 for a loss), 1 tackle at UCLA and then 3 tackles, an interception that he returned 30 yards and a deflection against Notre Dame. Against Iowa in the Orange Bowl, he had 4 tackles and 2 deflections.

    2001:
    Rideaux backed up Chris Cash at cornerback as a junior in 2001, in addition to playing on many special teams. He also was USC's top kickoff returner. Overall in 2001 while appearing in 10 games (he missed the Oregon State and California contests with a sprained left ankle he suffered at Arizona), he had 8 tackles and returned 19 kickoffs for 362 yards (19.1 avg.). He had 3 tackles and returned 4 kickoffs for 97 yards (including a 40-yarder) at Oregon. He won USC's Bob Chandler Award (top underclassman student/athlete/leader).

    2000:
    Rideaux was a part-time starting cornerback and was on special teams as a sophomore in 2000. He started 6 of USC's first 7 games in 2000 (Penn State, Colorado, San Jose State, Oregon State, Oregon and Stanford) before spraining his left ankle against Stanford and missing the next 2 contests. He returned as the often-used backup to Chris Cash for USC's final 3 games. Overall in 2000 while appearing in 10 games, he had 21 tackles and 4 deflections. He had 5 tackles against Oregon, 3 stops and 2 deflections versus both Penn State and San Jose State, and 2 tackles each against Oregon State, Arizona and Stanford.

    1999:
    Rideaux made an immediate impact as a freshman cornerback in 1999, his first year at USC. He served as a backup cornerback behind Antuan Simmons and a key special teams player. He even started USC's last 2 games (UCLA and Louisiana Tech) when Simmons was injured. Overall in 1999 while appearing in 10 games, he had 31 tackles and 5 deflections. He 9 tackles at Washington State, 6 against UCLA, 5 versus Arizona State, 4 against Louisiana Tech and 3 at Arizona. He missed the Hawaii and San Diego State games with a back sprain. He was named to the 1999 The Sporting News Freshman All-American second team.

    TRACK:
    Rideaux, a one-time California state prep sprint champion, has sprinted for the USC track team. In the spring of 2002, he placed second in the 100 meters at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet (10.44) and ran the leadoff leg of Troy's victorious 400-meter relay team (39.68) in that meet. At the Pac-10 Meet, he was fifth in the 100 meters (10.51, after going 10.42 in the heats) and ran the leadoff leg on USC's winning 400-meter relay squad (39.44). He ran the leadoff leg on USC's sprint relay team at the NCAA meet that finished fifth in 39.27 (the squad also was third in its heat in 39.28). In the spring of 2001, he ran the 100 meters in 5 meets, finishing second 3 times (10.58 at the Trojan Invitational, 10.37 at the Willie Williams Invitational and a career-best 10.27 at the USC-LSU Dual Meet), plus third at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet (10.44) and seventh at the Pac-10 Meet (10.59, after going 10.49 in the heats). He also ran the leadoff leg on USC's 400-meter relay team that was victorious at the Trojan Invitational (40.29) and the USC-LSU Dual Meet (39.39) and the third leg on USC's winning squads at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet (39.98) and the Pac-10 Meet (39.74). He won his heat in the 50-meter dash at the Los Angeles Indoor Invitational in 5.78 (the 13th fastest time in the world in 2001 and the sixth fastest in the U.S.). In the spring of 2000, he ran the 100 meters 6 times, finishing second twice (10.52 in a heat of the Trojan Invitational and 10.45 wind-aided in a heat of the Pac-10 Meet), third twice (season-best 10.37 at USC's Centennial Invitational and 10.48 at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet), fifth once (10.37 wind-aided in the Pac-10 final) and seventh once (10.73 at the ASU USTCA Meet). He also ran the leadoff leg on the 400-meter relay squad which finished first at the Long Beach Relays (40.13), Trojan Invitational (40.08), USC's Centennial Invitational (season-best 39.18) and USC-UCLA Dual Meet (39.47), was second at the USTCA Invitational in Austin, Tex. (39.59) and the Pac-10 Meet (39.93), and was fifth at the NCAA Meet (39.54, after going 39.47 for fourth in a heat).

    HIGH SCHOOL:
    He was selected to the 1998 USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Student Sports All-American, Rivalnet All-American first team, Super Prep National 50, Prep Star Dream Team Top 100, ESPN Top 100, The Sporting News 101 Prime Prospects, Rivalnet Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division I first team (for the third consecutive year), Los Angeles Times All-South Coast/Southeast and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team as a senior at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High. In 1998, he had 44 tackles (37 solo), 2 interceptions, 11 deflections, 1 blocked punt and 1 blocked field goal. Long Beach Poly was a CIF Division I finalist. As a 1997 junior, he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division I MVP, Los Angeles Times All-South Coast/Southeast first team and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team while getting 45 tackles, 4 interceptions and 4 blocks. Long Beach Poly won the CIF Division I championship. He was on the All-CIF Division I first team and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team as a 1996 sophomore. In one game as a soph, he intercepted 4 passes, blocked 2 kicks, caused and recovered a fumble and had 11 tackles. A 4-year starter at Poly (the first in school history), he had 14 interceptions and 18 blocks in his career. He also starred on Long Beach Poly's track team, which won the 1997 and 1998 state titles. He was the 1998 state 100-meter champion with a best of 10.30 (he was third in 1997) and ran a leg on the 1998 state champ 400-meter relay team. He has run the 200 meters in 21.03. He won the 60-meter dash (6.77) at the 1999 National Scholastic Indoor Championships. At the 1999 Arcadia Invitational, he was first in the 100 meters (10.65). At the 1999 CIF Division I meet, he won the 100 (10.49), was third in the 200 (21.26) and ran on the winning 400-meter relay quartet. At the 1999 CIF Masters meet, he was second in the 100 (wind?aided 10.30) and 200 (wind?aided 20.73) and ran a leg on Poly's state record?setting victorious 400?meter relay team (40.14). At the 1999 state meet, he was second in the 100 (10.49 wind?aided, after going 10.47 wind?aided in the heats) and fourth in the 200 (21.30 wind?aided, after going 21.28 wind?aided in the heats), and ran a leg on the state meet record?setting 400?meter relay squad (40.33). Current Trojans DeShaun Hill, Kareem Kelly, Mike Pollard, Hershel Dennis and Winston Justice also prepped at Long Beach Poly.

    PERSONAL:
    He's a sociology major at USC.

    DARRELL RIDEAUX ON:
    Improving upon his 2001 season: "I was disappointed with my limited amount of contributions on defense in 2001. I felt as if I let our team down by not preparing myself to compete at a championship level. I questioned my ability, my potential to develop and whether I had displayed the level of commitment to our team that could sustain under the pressures of a fourth-quarter drive. I accepted the challenge, make a decision to focus only on football before 2002 spring practice, and improved my strength, size and speed. That has proven to be the best decision I have made as a Trojan, because it has allowed me to concentrate on the details of my position." His size: "What I have learned is that my God-given limitations, such as my height and size, are not limitations unless I submit to them and declare that they will prevent me from doing my job. All my life I have had to prove that I am more than capable of performing my duties as a football player. For that, I am considered an overachiever." Football versus track: "Before every season, I entertain thoughts about dedicating myself to just one sport. But I always seem to come full circle and conclude that I am a two-sport athlete and I can't have one without the other?But it's a hard adjustment to reprogram my body to go forward after 6 months of backpedaling?When football comes I am devoted to football, and same for track season. When I'm on the track, I don't consider myself a football player. But I love both sports and I am blessed with the talent to do both?But if you are not disciplined, you won't succeed?With each sport, I focus all my time and energy. They're equally demanding. I never have an off-season and am always playing catch-up?I think track complements football because of the speed required for both. It's also the same in terms of pressure. Like in track, there's a lot of pressure because you are the only one out there, and the pressure placed on an individual in a football game is greater than you can imagine?The pressure I feel running in a 100 meters final is no different than covering a wide receiver in the fourth quarter of a football game."

    RIDEAUX'S STATS
    YEARTACLS/YDSDFLFRKORYDSAVGTDLG
    1999 (Fr.)? 31 0/0 5 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    2000 (So.)? 21 0/0 4 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    2001 (Jr.)? 8 0/0 0 0 1936219.1 040
    2002 (Sr.)? 46 4/25 7 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    CAREER??.106 4/25 16 0 1936219.1 040
    YEARINTYDSAVGTDLG
    2002 (Sr.)? 2 3819.0 030
    GAME-BY-GAME WITH DARRELL RIDEAUX
    2002
    OPPONENTTACLS/YDSDFLFRINTYDSAVGTDLG
    Auburn* 5 0/0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Kansas State* 7 0/0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Oregon State* 1 0/0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Wash. State* 3 1/2 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    California* 1 0/0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Washington* 3 0/0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Oregon* 51.5/18 0 0 1 8 8.0 0 8
    Stanford* 70.5/3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Arizona State* 6 1/2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    UCLA* 1 0/0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Notre Dame* 3 0/0 1 0 1 3030.0 030
    Iowa (Orange)* 4 0/0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    2002 (Sr.)? 46 4/25 7 0 2 3819.0 030
    2001
    OPPONENTTACLS/YDSDFLFRKORYDSAVGTDLG
    San Jose St. 1 0/0 0 0 1 1515.0 015
    Kansas State 0 0/0 0 0 2 4623.0 026
    Oregon 3 0/0 0 0 4 9724.3 040
    Stanford 1 0/0 0 0 2 3819.0 020
    Washington 0 0/0 0 0 3 4515.0 020
    Notre Dame 1 0/0 0 0 2 3316.5 017
    Arizona 1 0/0 0 0 3 5518.3 024
    Utah (Vegas) 1 0/0 0 0 2 3316.5 020
    2001 (Jr.)? 8 0/0 0 0 1936219.1 040
    2000
    OPPONENTTACLS/YDSDFLFR
    Penn State* 3 0/0 2 0
    Colorado* 1 0/0 0 0
    San Jose St.* 3 0/0 2 0
    Oregon State* 2 0/0 0 0
    Arizona 2 0/0 0 0
    Oregon* 5 0/0 0 0
    Stanford* 2 0/0 0 0
    Wash. State 1 0/0 0 0
    UCLA 1 0/0 0 0
    Notre Dame 1 0/0 0 0
    2000 (So.)? 21 0/0 4 0
    1999
    OPPONENTTACLS/YDSDFLFR
    Oregon State 2 0/0 1 0
    Arizona 3 0/0 1 0
    Stanford 1 0/0 0 0
    California 1 0/0 1 0
    Arizona State 5 0/0 0 0
    Wash. State 9 0/0 0 0
    UCLA* 6 0/0 1 0
    La. Tech* 4 0/0 1 0
    1999 (Fr.)? 31 0/0 5 0
    *Starter